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Botswana, long considered a safe haven for elephants in Africa, has "a significant elephant-poaching problem," according to a conservationist group that carried out an aerial wildlife survey in the country.
2019/06/13 18:42
Elephants Without Borders said it witnessed a spike in the number of elephant carcasses found in northern Botswana which show "obvious signs" of poaching, according to the final results of the survey, which has been seen by CNN
2019/06/13 18:42
But Chase, the lead author of the report, told CNN that Elephants Without Borders confirmed 94 freshly poached carcasses using helicopters and found 157 in total.
2019/06/13 18:43
But the country is expected to lift the ban and allow the canning of elephant meat as pet food, after a recommendation from Cabinet ministers.
2019/06/13 18:44
"I don't -- for one second -- think that President Masisi or the government of Botswana will allow elephant culling in Botswana and to can elephant meat for pet's food," Chase said of last week's proposal by Cabinet ministers.
2019/06/13 18:44
"Our communities must begin to benefit directly from our rich wildlife heritage -- sustainable hunting, some argue, is the solution to fostering an ethos of long-term conservation among communities who live with these intimidating five-ton animals."
2019/06/13 18:44